Swift as a racing KAMAZ truck: about how Dmitry Kozak holds a record-breaking short meeting in Naberezhnye Chelny

The deputy prime minister assigned tasks to officials of Naberezhnye Chelny in 5 minutes 55 seconds and drove behind the wheel accompanied by Ayrat Mardeev

Swift as a racing KAMAZ truck: about how Dmitry Kozak holds a record-breaking short meeting in Naberezhnye Chelny Photo: Daria Turtseva

Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Kozak flew to Naberezhnye Chelny: in the motor city he held a meeting to prepare, as he put it, for the historic event for the country — the celebration of the 50th anniversary of KAMAZ. The meeting chaired by Kozak will also go down in history as the shortest one. It took 5 minutes 55 seconds in total. ''Well-prepared meetings are held very quickly,'' he explained to surprised Tatarstan officials. Read the details of the express meeting in the material of Realnoe Vremya.

''Have you driven this one?'': Kozak did not believe in Minnikhanov's sports achievements

The deputy prime minister began the meeting on readiness to celebrate the anniversary of KAMAZ with a visit to the shops. First, he was shown the production of the main units, and then he was offered to evaluate the finished car. However, not serial, but racing one.

''This is a flying machine, accelerates to a hundred kilometres in nine seconds,'' Dakar Rally champion Vladimir Chagin praised his workhorse. ''Mr. Minnikhanov many times participated in competitions, seven times won the race in desert,'' Chagin continued.

''He's a famous racer,'' Kozak nodded. ''Have you driven this one?'' he asked Minnikhanov and was surprised to hear that Minnikhanov won the cup stages on such car seven times.

''I have exactly the same!'' Minnikhanov tried to persuade, but Kozak to the last couldn't believe it. Then standing next to him Director General of KAMAZ Sergey Kogogin confirmed this: ''Rustam Nurgalievich and I were laughing: 'At least once a year I'm your boss!''

''Yeah, yeah, yeah,'' this time Minnikhanov laughed over the words of Kogogin, and firmly patted him on the shoulder.

The deputy prime minister began the meeting on readiness to celebrate the anniversary of KAMAZ with a visit to the shops

About how Dmitry Kozak was urged and persuaded to drive a KAMAZ truck

Chagin suggested Kozak trying himself behind the wheel of a racing truck, he glanced at his watch, implying that there was no time for this.

''It 's just a few minutes. Vladimir Vladimirovich [Putin] drove and gave a very high assessment. Dmitry Anatolyevich [Medvedev] also did. We specially regulated the seat for you,'' Chagin tried to persuade.

It was impossible to refuse after such examples, but Dmitry Kozak doubted.

''You have driven a truck, haven't you?'' Rustam Minnikhanov joined the dialogue.

''In the army, 40 years ago,'' Kozak said.

''By controllability it is like a jeep,'' Minnikhanov compared and by joint efforts with Chagin convinced Dmitry Kozak to drive. His co-driver was Ayrat Mardeev.

Minnikhanov and Chagin convinced Dmitry Kozak to take the wheel, his co-driver was Ayrat Mardeev

''Well-prepared meetings are held very quickly''

Overcoming the territory of the plant and a couple of intersections in the city, the team of the deputy prime minister and the Dakar champion approached the office building of the auto giant, where the meeting of the organizing committee was to be held to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the founding of KAMAZ.

It was as fast as racing trucks, and lasted no more than Kozak's way from the shop to the office of the enterprise took — 5 minutes 55 seconds.

''Well-prepared meetings take place very quickly,'' Kozak explained in conclusion of the express meeting.

This statement for the Cabinet of Ministers of Tatarstan, who arrived in Naberezhnye Chelny almost in full force, expecting to sit for at least an hour or even two, was unexpected, but judging by the expression of faces — very pleasant.

Then the team of the deputy prime minister and the Dakar Rally champion approached the office building of the auto giant, where the meeting of the organizing committee for the preparation of the 50th anniversary of the founding of KAMAZ was held

Residents of Naberezhnye Chelny are mobilized to create a comfortable environment

What did Dmitry Kozak manage to tell in 5 minutes? That the city and the enterprise were preparing for hosting the holiday and that what he had seen ''inspires confidence''. That the anniversary of KAMAZ is an important event in the history of Russian industry and the country as a whole. That the holiday should be held honourably and ''to broadcast it to the whole country and the world, because the 50th anniversary is not only pride, but also a way to promote the company in the Russian and world markets.'' The meeting was for civil servants, but most part Kozak devoted to the tasks for ordinary residents of the city.

''This event is historically significant for Naberezhnye Chelny. In fact, it is the day of foundation of the new city. It is necessary to mobilize the residents of the city to create a comfortable urban environment. All private households, all territories should be put in order.

It is necessary to carry out inventory of all objects of federal property, republican, city, private and on those objects that demand additional work on improvement, protections, facades — so that they were in ideal order by the end of November, so that each corner pleased eyes of inhabitants and guests of the city,'' the vice prime minister told.


Mayor of Chelny Nail Magdeev promised: ''Those tasks that you have set, we together with the residents, together with KAMAZ will fulfill.''

''Those tasks that you have set, we together with the residents, together with KAMAZ will fulfill''

He complained that not all the snow has melted yet and it is difficult to understand what the city is today and to estimate the amount of work, but Mayor of Naberezhnye Chelny Nail Magdeev promised: ''The tasks that you have set, we together with the residents, together with KAMAZ will fulfill.''

They are going to celebrate it in December, so the summer and the autumn for the citizens of Naberezhnye Chelny will be rich in worries. The plan of preparation for the holiday was unanimously approved, as Rustam Minnikhanov told journalists, there will be more than 70 events and every resident should feel it.

''These are roads, healthcare, education, culture and sports facilities. Well, the fact that KAMAZ is preparing adequately — a new model range, K-5 cabin, engine, new plant of cab frames — all this pleases us,'' concluded the president of Tatarstan.

By Daria Turtseva. Photo: president.tatar.ru
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